Sunday, June 05, 2016

Journalist Asad Ashraf takes on 'biased' Times Now anchor Arnab Goswami for terming him terror sympathiser

Journalist Asad Ashraf is all set to sue 'biased' Times Now anchor Arnab Gowasmi.

Ashraf was invited to the channel for a debate, however, Goswami cast aspersions on him when the former began putting across his point.

The journalist who works with Tehelka had questioned authenticity of the a video purportedly released by ISIS.

The video showed a suspect in it, who is liked to Batla House encounter.

However, the moment he expressed his suspicion, Goswami began lashing out at him.

He went on to term Ashraf as an Indian Mujahideen sympathiser. Other panelists too launched an attack on him. Ashraf's microphone was allegedly switched off and Goswami accused him of being a terror sympathiser.

But leading writers, journalists and activists have supported Ashraf. Goswami has lately been accused of pro-Hindutva leanings and of not allowing people with a different point of view to speak in the debates.

He has also been accused of misbehaviour with panelists. Congress leaders have boycotted the Prime Time on Times Now.

Also, many leading intellectuals, writers and academicians have expressed concern over the manner in which the show is conducted.

Panelists are not allowed to speak, if they are opposing Goswami's point of view and the narrative he wishes to propagate. Now, Ashraf intends to send a legal notice to Times Now.

News X anchor's dubious journalism, 'saving' Samjhauta Express blast accused: Rahul Shivshankar's journalistic style under scanner

Rahul Shivshankar, the News X anchor, is at the centre of a major controversy.

It is a serious charge. Shivshankar was hosting a programme on Samjhauta Express terrorist attack.

Right-wing Hindu terrorists were found involved in this bomb blast in which more than 70 persons were killed.

But after interviewing the then SIT officer who had conducted probe, the channel didn't air his interview, at all.

The officer said that right-wing radical Sunil Joshi was involved in the terror attack. He said that the evidence led the SIT to the group. Joshi was later killed by members of his own group.

But, the TV channel didn't air his opinion. Outraged, he wrote a Facebook post, that has gone viral. Leading journalists have said that the channel seemed to be giving a twist to the Samjhauta Express probe.

As the SIT officer's interview would have gone against the plan, it was dropped. News X channel had taken a strange and dubious stand during the Malegaon blast case too in which Hindu extremists were involved.

When Muslims who were initially framed in the case, were being released, the channel aired stories to suggest that the probe that accused Hindu radicals wasn't right. This is further proof of how serious journalism is under threat in the country.

READ MORE REPORTS ON NEWS X' dubious coverage and Rahul Shivshankar's unethical act

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